A Little Subtle Beauty from Last Week’s Bird Banding

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Brown Creepers are on the move and we banded five of them last week.  They are year round residents in Connecticut so it is likely the increased numbers are from Canada.  These tiny birds weigh in at around 8 grams and it is a joy to hold them and see them close up.  If you are lucky enough to catch sight of one in the wild, you’ll find them almost invisible as they creep their way up a tree trunk, examining each crevice for insects with their decurved bills.  They brace themselves on their stiff pointed tail feathers. I like this quote from the naturalist W.M. Tyler:   “The Brown Creeper, as he hitches along the bole of a tree, looks like a fragment of detached bark that is defying the law of gravitation by moving upward over the trunk, and as he flies off to another tree he resembles a little dry leaf blown about by the wind.”

I never notice this lovely rufous patch when I see them in the wild.

I never notice this lovely rufous rump patch when I see them in the wild.

This white stripe on the wings is visible in flight.

This white stripe on the wings is visible in flight.

Freedom!  Seconds away.

Freedom! Seconds away.

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    jacque said,

    Love those little creepers. We often have one in winter creeping up the tree that holds the suet feeder. Do you think the suet is attracting insects for the creepers?

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    They will eat suet in the winter, so perhaps they come just for the suet as we don’t have many insects about in winter. They search for spider eggs and such at that time, but suet is welcome.

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    Peg said,

    Love photos, thanks for sharing!

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